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The ancient paths

Jesus was the Highest son of David and the anointed king of Judea which is why they called Him Christ. But his kingdom of God was not of or like the world of Rome. He was also to take the place of John the Baptist if John was killed which made Jesus both High priest and King.
Jesus as the Christ was not like the Fathers of the earth who called themselves Benefactors and made the people live by force, fear, and fealty. If we are to come in the name of Christ we must think differently, becoming doers of the word and learn to live by faith, hope, and charity by sitting down in a network of tens.
“Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
"Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge," Proverbs 22:20

This writing is upon our heart and mind.[1] It is God who gives us His identity through His Holy Spirit as we repent ad seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

The problem is not the world but us, and the knowledge we lack.[2] We have forgotten the ancient ways of God which was the Way of Christ and while many are called few have the heart to see the truth of The Way and follow it in fellowship.

"Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways [from] the ancient paths, to walk in paths, [in] a way not cast up;" Jeremiah 18:15

Many will say the way of salvation or redemption is here or there[3] but Christ told us the answer[4] and gave us the keys[5] to liberty under God.

Christ had His plan, called The Way which was The Blessed Strategy. We were told we would be entangled again in the elements of the world, become merchandise, curse children and become surety for debt. This would be because of covetous practices and abandoning the way, not because of the conspiracies and subterfuge of the world.

We should not think that we can just claim fraud and set ourselves free any more than Adam could exonerate his own failing by blaming the God and the woman He gave Adam.

We cannot save ourselves with the strategies of men nor our own cleverness. We are to repent and turn that repentance into action. To repent is to think differently. We can forgive so that we may be forgiven. We can gather together in patterns of ten to save others as Christ commanded so that we might be saved.[6]

While we do these things Christ told us to do, and walk in His way we may have to pay our "tale of bricks"[7] and even be friends with the unrighteous mammon[8] Christ came to teach us "the art of being free" if we will have ears to hear and eyes to see and become doers of the will of the father.[9]

I sympathize with those who see the present bondage of the world. I empathize with their struggle and pain but salvation is not by endless repetition [10] of words and phrases of the law but by the whole truth of the perfect law of liberty[11] and seeking the righteousness of God which we have neglected.

Are your assemblies[12] rooted in the way of Christ or have you forsaken the gathering together?[13]

The term perfected[14] is associated with the adoption of Moses and redemption.[15]

Moses was adopted into the family of the Pharaoh and Israel was set free by that adoption but they had to follow the leadership of Moses who redeemed them through that adoption. Moses' repentance from the exercising authority as the Pharaoh and his obedience to God opened a door to freedom and redemption from the bondage of Egypt. Jesus as high priest and King laid down his life so that we may also be redeemed if we are willing to repent and seek His kingdom of God and the righteousness of God.

You may not look to those benefactors who exercise authority but have you gathered to become the benefactors who exercise love?

Are your ministers of the Church/ekklesia gathered in the spirits of just men or those that Covet the wages of unrighteousness?

  • "To the general assembly[12] and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect[11]," Hebrews 12:23

Is the ekklesia in one accord doing what Christ commanded and providing a daily ministration based in faith, hope, and charity of the general assembly[12]?

  • "Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was <5048> faith made perfect [11]?" James 2:22

Are the general assembly[12] of the people and the Church keeping the word of Christ according to the law of love?[16]

  • "But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is <5048> the love of God perfected[11]: hereby know we that we are in him." 1 John 2:5

If we will not live by that love, even love our enemies[17] that they might be saved[6], how can we hope for the miracles of God?

If we will not gather as Christ commanded how can we love one another in the meaningful ways of the early Church?

  • "No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected[11] in us... 17 Herein is our love made perfect[11], that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect[11] in love." 1 John 4:12

  • "I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect[11] in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24
Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. 26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them." John 17:23-26
  1. Hebrews 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: Hebrews 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
  2. Hosea 4:6 "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."
  3. Matthew 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
    Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
  4. Mark 13:23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
  5. Matthew 18:18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
  6. 6.0 6.1 John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
    John 5:34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.
    Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
    2 Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
  7. Exodus 5:8 And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God.... 18 Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks.
  8. Luke 16:9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. 11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?
  9. Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
    John 5:20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
    John 14:12 ¶ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
  10. Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 5048 ~τελειόω~ teleioo \@tel-i-o’-o\@ from 5046; TDNT-8:79,1161; {See TDNT 785} v AV-make perfect 12, perfect 4, finish 4, fulfil 2, be perfect 1, consecrate 1; 24
    1) to make perfect, complete
    1a) to carry through completely, to accomplish, finish, bring to an end
    2) to complete (perfect)
    2a) add what is yet wanting in order to render a thing full
    2b) to be found perfect
    3) to bring to the end (goal) proposed
    4) to accomplish
    4a) bring to a close or fulfilment by event
    4a1) of the prophecies of the scriptures
    • oikos teleios is the perfect marriage in Rome. “perfect community” (koinonia teleios) ,
    • teleio ,a can be a complete adoption and has been asociated with redeemed.
      • Philo writes (Mos. 1.19). "And the princess, seeing him so advanced beyond his age, conceived for him an even greater fondness than before, and took [adopted] him for her son, having at an earlier time artificially enlarged the figure of her womb to make him pass as her real and not a supposititious child” (LCL, trans. F. H. Colson)."
    Even Josephus writes,“Such was the child whom Thermuthis adopted as her son” (LCL, trans. Henry St. John Thackeray).
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 3831 ~πανήγυρις~ paneguris \@pan-ay’-goo-ris\@ from 3956 and a derivative of 58; n f AV-general assembly 1; 1
    1) a festal gathering of the whole people to celebrate public games or other solemnities
    2) a public festal assembly
  13. Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
    2 Peter 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam [the son] of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
    Isaiah 54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
  14. 5047 ~τελειότης~ teleiotes \@tel-i-ot’-ace\@ from 5046; associated with 5048; TDNT-8:78,1161; {See TDNT 785} n f AV-perfectness 1, perfection 1; 2
    1) perfection
    1a) the state of the more intelligent
    1b) moral and spiritual perfection
  15. Colossians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness <5047>. Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection <5047>; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
  16. Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
    Romans 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
    Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
    James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
  17. Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;